The Dodge SRT Viper GTS (Phase VX I) is is the fifth and final generation of the Viper sports car.
At a dealer conference on September 14, 2010 in Orlando, Florida, the then Chrysler Group and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne was reported to have concluded his remarks by unveiling a rolling 2012 Dodge Viper prototype. There would be cars produced for the 2011 model year.
In Autumn of 2011, Ralph Gilles announced that the next generation of the Viper would debut at the New York Auto Show in April 2012.
At the 2013 New York International Auto Show, the all new SRT Viper GTS was unveiled along with plans to enter the car into racing as well.
As part of Chrysler's plan of turning Street and Racing Technology (SRT) as a separate vehicle brand within Chrysler Group LLC, the SRT Viper became the brand's halo vehicle.
In May 2014, the SRT brand was re-consolidated under Dodge, with former SRT CEO Ralph Gilles continuing as senior vice president of product design and also as the CEO and president of Motorsports. The car was renamed back to Dodge Viper in 2015.
The Viper (VX I) is powered by an all-aluminium 8,382 cc (8.4 L; 511.5 cu in) V10 engine. The engine initially generated 640 hp (477 kW; 649 PS) at 6,150 rpm and 600 lb⋅ft (813 N⋅m) of torque at 4,950 rpm but in 2015, power was raised by 5 hp for a total of 645 hp (481 kW).
The Viper could accelerate from 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 3.5 seconds and could attain a top speed of 208 mph (335 km/h).
Sales of the Viper in 2013 and 2014 was poor. Production was reduced by 1/3 in October, 2013 and then halted for two months in April, 2014 amid slow sales.
In October 2015, Fiat Chrysler group announced that the Viper would end production in 2017. Initially, Fiat Chrysler cited poor sales as a reason for discontinuing the Viper; however, other sources have stated the car was discontinued because the Viper was unable to comply with FMVSS 226 safety regulation, which requires side curtain air bags. In July 2017, Fiat Chrysler announced they would be permanently closing the Conner Assembly Plant on August 31, 2017.
Chrysler announced five special edition Vipers for the final model year of production.
Shortened to Dodge Viper GTS, it appears as a low Class A car with the following rank statistics:
The Viper GTS is a well-rounded car that doesn't particularly excel in any aspect.
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